The governor of Wisconsin released his biennial budget request on Wednesday, and it again includes language to legalize medical and recreational marijuana in the state.
Gov. Tony Evers (D) signaled that he planned to put the adult-use measure in his request, despite a top GOP lawmaker warning that taking that step could compromise negotiations on more modest medical cannabis legislation.
Evers made clear that he wasn’t going to be talked down from including the proposal, though, with his office pointing out that he made a campaign promise to push for comprehensive legalization and that the majority of voters in the state support the policy change.
Getting adult-use legalization through the Republican-controlled legislature would be a steep task, however.
Adults 21 and older who are residents of Wisconsin could purchase and possess up to two ounces of marijuana for personal use, while non-residents could have up to one-quarter ounce.
Residents 21 and older could also grow up to six cannabis plants for their own use.
People with debilitating medical conditions could qualify as medical cannabis patients.
The Department of Revenue (DOR), which called for legalization in its budget request this
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